Suzanne Geldard: Buoyant Clarets can aim high on Premier League return

Suzanne Geldard: Buoyant Clarets can aim high on Premier League return

Suzanne Geldard: Buoyant Clarets can aim high on Premier League return

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

THE moment all Clarets have been waiting for since Monday, April 21 has almost arrived. Burnley’s first game back in the Premier League is just four days away.

Pundits have already had their say about their chances of survival. Most of them don’t give them a hope.

But then it’s easy to say that about promoted teams, especially when there isn’t the budget to compete with the big boys.

Comparisons will be drawn to the team of five years ago too.

But there could not be more contrasts.

The promoted class of 2008/09 was a side made up largely of older professionals.

For many of them it was one last throw of the dice to play in the top flight.

Some had been there before. Others returned. But for the likes of Brian Jensen, Graham Alexander, Steven Thompson, Christian Kalvenes and Wade Elliott it was a one-off.

This time it is different.

The promoted class of 2013/14 was made up largely of young, hungry talent, and that nucleus will stay together and grow together going forward, with Kieran Trippier, Ben Mee, Scott Arfield and Tom Heaton signing new deals this summer after Sam Vokes committed his future to the club last season.

And you can see a top flight future for them.

Although Michael Duff is set to return, of Burnley’s Premier League team of 2009/10 only Steven Fletcher has remained at that level. Robbie Blake was offered another chance with Bolton, but barely played and has since seen his professional career come to an end.

Tyrone Mears and Chris Eagles briefly extended their top flight careers at the Reebok before relegation.

Steven Caldwell had another Premier League season with Wigan, but is now playing in Major League Soccer with Toronto.

Five years from now you would expect many more than one to be plying their trade at English football’s top table.

Which is why, having got Burnley up, they have a better chance of keeping them up this time around, whether the Clarets achieve another memorable first home win on Monday, or not.

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5:16pm Thu 14 Aug 14

madari says...

Madari the snake charmer says

C`mon yooooooooooooo Clarets !!
Madari the snake charmer says C`mon yooooooooooooo Clarets !! madari
  • Score: 8

5:31pm Thu 14 Aug 14

A Darener says...

Four days to dream before nine months of nightmares!
Four days to dream before nine months of nightmares! A Darener
  • Score: -7

6:17pm Thu 14 Aug 14

RobH2O . says...

A Darener wrote:
Four days to dream before nine months of nightmares!
Why, what's going to happen to you Darener? Have you been up to something? Top tip. This is not the confessional. This is a football comment board!
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Four days to dream before nine months of nightmares![/p][/quote]Why, what's going to happen to you Darener? Have you been up to something? Top tip. This is not the confessional. This is a football comment board! RobH2O .
  • Score: 7

6:24pm Thu 14 Aug 14

theBEEHOLEandENDall says...

A Darener wrote:
Four days to dream before nine months of nightmares!
You had 9 months of nightmares last season watching your superior rivals live their dreams.
I don't care if we get hammered, we've earned our right to compete with the best while you've earned your right to compete with Brentford.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Four days to dream before nine months of nightmares![/p][/quote]You had 9 months of nightmares last season watching your superior rivals live their dreams. I don't care if we get hammered, we've earned our right to compete with the best while you've earned your right to compete with Brentford. theBEEHOLEandENDall
  • Score: 6

6:24pm Thu 14 Aug 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

Have to reluctantly agree with those words Suzanne. The Clarets are indeed looking like the real deal. They may not have top class players in every position but the morale amongst them and that amazing team spirit more than makes up for it. Hate to say it but even from a Rovers perspective I expect the Clarets to give a good account of themselves in the Premier League and in all honesty would not be surprised at all to see them reach a comfortable mid table finish.

Good luck to them. I only wish we had such a season to look foward to. Scraping a draw at home to a severely under par Cardiff and getting tubbed again at home off lowly Scunthorpe leaves us with two must win games away from home. Bowyer is already on borrowed time I feel.

If only we had a manager of Sean Dyche's quality to rally our headless chickens ahead of the Blackpool six pointer.
Have to reluctantly agree with those words Suzanne. The Clarets are indeed looking like the real deal. They may not have top class players in every position but the morale amongst them and that amazing team spirit more than makes up for it. Hate to say it but even from a Rovers perspective I expect the Clarets to give a good account of themselves in the Premier League and in all honesty would not be surprised at all to see them reach a comfortable mid table finish. Good luck to them. I only wish we had such a season to look foward to. Scraping a draw at home to a severely under par Cardiff and getting tubbed again at home off lowly Scunthorpe leaves us with two must win games away from home. Bowyer is already on borrowed time I feel. If only we had a manager of Sean Dyche's quality to rally our headless chickens ahead of the Blackpool six pointer. TurfMoor Tom
  • Score: 3

6:53pm Thu 14 Aug 14

A Darener says...

theBEEHOLEandENDall wrote:
A Darener wrote:
Four days to dream before nine months of nightmares!
You had 9 months of nightmares last season watching your superior rivals live their dreams.
I don't care if we get hammered, we've earned our right to compete with the best while you've earned your right to compete with Brentford.
Exactly! Now it's your turn. Good luck.
[quote][p][bold]theBEEHOLEandENDall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Four days to dream before nine months of nightmares![/p][/quote]You had 9 months of nightmares last season watching your superior rivals live their dreams. I don't care if we get hammered, we've earned our right to compete with the best while you've earned your right to compete with Brentford.[/p][/quote]Exactly! Now it's your turn. Good luck. A Darener
  • Score: 0

7:08pm Thu 14 Aug 14

madari says...

A Darener wrote:
Four days to dream before nine months of nightmares!
Madari the snake charmer says :

To void nine months of nightmares tell your Mrs to use a condom next time she comes home from a night out and decides to pay the taxi fare with her body.......no wonder they call you `No Dads`!!
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Four days to dream before nine months of nightmares![/p][/quote]Madari the snake charmer says : To void nine months of nightmares tell your Mrs to use a condom next time she comes home from a night out and decides to pay the taxi fare with her body.......no wonder they call you `No Dads`!! madari
  • Score: 0

7:24pm Thu 14 Aug 14

andy1 says...

A Darener wrote:
Four days to dream before nine months of nightmares!
Hes winding me up Rodney, hes winding me up.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Four days to dream before nine months of nightmares![/p][/quote]Hes winding me up Rodney, hes winding me up. andy1
  • Score: 4

9:47pm Thu 14 Aug 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

Not enough quality in this band of misfits to keep us up. I expect we will be in the bottom three at Christmas
Not enough quality in this band of misfits to keep us up. I expect we will be in the bottom three at Christmas AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -4

11:51pm Thu 14 Aug 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
ley
wrote:
Not enough quality in this band of misfits to keep us up. I expect we will be in the bottom three at Christmas
..... and mid table by May.

Whereas us Rovers will be mid table at Christmas and bottom 3 by May.

We're in trouble mate, FFP is going to be the final nail in the coffin. League One here we come. Hold on to your dungaree's Cleatus!
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: Not enough quality in this band of misfits to keep us up. I expect we will be in the bottom three at Christmas[/p][/quote]..... and mid table by May. Whereas us Rovers will be mid table at Christmas and bottom 3 by May. We're in trouble mate, FFP is going to be the final nail in the coffin. League One here we come. Hold on to your dungaree's Cleatus! TurfMoor Tom
  • Score: 2

12:51am Fri 15 Aug 14

theBEEHOLEandENDall says...

A Darener wrote:
theBEEHOLEandENDall wrote:
A Darener wrote:
Four days to dream before nine months of nightmares!
You had 9 months of nightmares last season watching your superior rivals live their dreams.
I don't care if we get hammered, we've earned our right to compete with the best while you've earned your right to compete with Brentford.
Exactly! Now it's your turn. Good luck.
In all honesty, if we were to get hammered by teams that spend millions of pounds, I wouldn't class that as a nightmare. That is reality.
A nightmare, to me, is being in a league below your rivals, and losing to a team a league below, in the 1st round of the carling cup.
We've been there, so in truth, it's your turn. Good luck!!
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theBEEHOLEandENDall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Four days to dream before nine months of nightmares![/p][/quote]You had 9 months of nightmares last season watching your superior rivals live their dreams. I don't care if we get hammered, we've earned our right to compete with the best while you've earned your right to compete with Brentford.[/p][/quote]Exactly! Now it's your turn. Good luck.[/p][/quote]In all honesty, if we were to get hammered by teams that spend millions of pounds, I wouldn't class that as a nightmare. That is reality. A nightmare, to me, is being in a league below your rivals, and losing to a team a league below, in the 1st round of the carling cup. We've been there, so in truth, it's your turn. Good luck!! theBEEHOLEandENDall
  • Score: 1

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